As I write this, the Hire Space HQ is in impressive overdrive…Our venue experts are working at a blistering speed – to the point where their clicking, typing and telephoning fingers could be in danger of actually starting to blister.
This is because suddenly, and all at once, companies are realising that they need to book their Christmas events. The manic scramble to secure the best spots always gets underway when companies start realising they’re in the second half of the year, and whereas previously Christmas seemed inconceivably far away, now all it takes is a few flicks of the calendar and the big date is staring you in the face.
This not only means that certain venues are getting booked up, but certain dates are too. For example, this year, December 11th is the holy grail.
It’s easy to see why. A Christmas event can be as crucial as a conference: they instill a sense of belonging, loyalty, and unity, especially for those who have joined that year. For those that have yet to capitalise on this opportunity, fear not.
Larger, risk-averse companies usually stick to what they know: big names and big budgets. This leaves many unknown spots entirely unearthed, which often offer something different but brilliant – and cheaper, too.
I’ve put together some examples of lesser-known venues, hopefully giving a taste of the variety and quality still on offer:
1. Located in the heart of Soho, El Cantara treat their guests to belly dancing and snake charming, offering an unconventional but unforgettable Christmas affair.
2. For a larger scale, Pulse and Bankside Vaults is a space of 19,000 sq ft enclosed by five railway arches deep underground.
3. White Space, seconds from Leicester Square, is often overlooked because it’s usually used as a pop-up space. But this makes it a perfect blank canvas for your event, and is very affordable.
4. 170 Queens Gate offers an ornate but intimate space, decorated with chandeliers and portraits, and an exquisite adjoining garden.
5. 4th Floor Studios is a beautiful, skylit loft space with adjoining roof terrace, fit with dance-inducing wooden floors and overhead lights.
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